Crimson Tide roll over Panthers

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- Greg McElroy completed 12 of 13 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and No. 10 Alabama routed fledgling Georgia State 63-7 on Thursday night.

Alabama's Mark Ingram eludes Georgia State's Christo Bilukidi and scores on a 1-yard run in the first half of the Tide's rout of the Panthers.   Associated Press
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Alabama's Mark Ingram eludes Georgia State's Christo Bilukidi and scores on a 1-yard run in the first half of the Tide's rout of the Panthers.

It's the most points for the Crimson Tide (9-2) since a 66-3 win over Vanderbilt in 1979.

The Panthers (6-5) are led by former Tide coach Bill Curry, who was more accustomed to being on the other side of Bryant-Denny Stadium abuse.

McElroy set an Alabama single-game completion percentage mark of 92.3 with a minimum of 10 attempts.

Mark Ingram ran for 86 yards and a touchdown and Julio Jones caught seven passes for 86 yards and two scores before the stars yielded to the backups.

WASHINGTON 24, UCLA 7

In Seattle, Jake Locker scored on a 3-yard run in the first half, and Quinton Richardson returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown to help Washington (4-6, 3-4 Pac-10) keep its fleeting bowl hopes alive with an ugly win over UCLA (4-6, 2-5).

GEORGIA: The Bulldogs are on the verge of a major scheduling switch for a high-profile 2011 opener -- but the deal isn't done yet.

Boise State and Georgia have been in discussions to play in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game, set for the Georgia Dome at the beginning of next year. A source at Louisville, which Georgia is scheduled to open against in 2011, said it understands that Georgia would like to explore moving or canceling the series.

GEORGIA TECH: Paul Johnson is still trying to get a handle on his team. With only two games to go in the regular season, he's running out of time.

The Yellow Jackets (5-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) keep making untimely mistakes, never seem to come up with the big play when they need it and look like they've gotten complacent after winning the school's first outright ACC title since 1990 last season.

Georgia Tech needs to win one of its next two to extend its bowl streak to 14 in a row. Duke (3-7, 1-5) will visit Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.

CLEMSON: Wide receiver Bryce McNeal will miss Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference game against Wake Forest with an injured heel.

McNeal is one of seven Tigers out for the game, including leading rusher Andre Ellington. Also out are offensive guard Kalen Davis, defensive tackle Miguel Chavis and linebackers Brandon Maye, John Wright and Daniel Andrews.

NEWTON SAGA: An attorney for Kenny Rogers says his client knows he made "a stupid decision" when he sent a fellow Mississippi State booster a text of Cecil Newton's payment plan to secure his son's commitment to the Bulldogs.

Doug Zeit says Rogers sent the text after Cecil Newton insisted he do it. Zeit says Rogers sent the text to Bill Bell requesting $80,000 the day after Cam Newton signed with Mississippi State, $50,000 30 days later and another $50,000 30 days after that.

Zeit says no money ever changed hands.

The Newtons' attorney, George Lawson, told WSB-TV of Atlanta Thursday that he is "one million percent" certain Cam Newton -- who signed with Auburn -- did not take any money.


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